Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best ways to prepare garlic for use?

For quick and easy crushing without first removing the skin (paper), use a garlic press.  Some recipes call for lightly crushed garlic so lay the blade of a large knife on top of the clove and press it down hard with the heel of your hand, then remove the skin (paper).  To break the clove down to a fine paste, sprinkle with some salt and crush it again.

For chopped garlic, peel the skin off, then slice.

Is crushing garlic better than slicing or chopping?

It depends on how much flavour you require in a recipe and how you want the flavour dispersed. Crushed garlic is generally used in garlic butter, sauces or dressings, sliced garlic is generally cooked.

What is the difference between wet and dried garlic?

Wet garlic (harvested but not gone through the drying process) has a milder flavour compared to dried garlic and can be used as a substitute at the beginning of garlic season when it is available. Dried garlic is still a raw product and can be used raw in dressings, salsas and butters or roasted as whole bulbs or individual cloves(approx. 20 minutes), and fried slowly to use as a base for sauces, casseroles and soups.  Try making homemade tomato soup with roasted garlic blended into it.

Processed garlic refers to a product that has been powdered or flaked or converted in some way from its raw state.

Is garlic a herb or a spice?

Neither! Garlic is a vegetable loved or hated for its unique taste. Garlic has the ability to help detoxify the body, boost immune function, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation.

Why does garlic smell?

When garlic cells are cut, rubbed, or crushed, they release an enzyme called alliinase. A chemical reaction takes place with the enzyme and it changes into allicin, a sulfur-containing molecule. This is what makes the strong garlic smell. When the sulfur molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin and lungs they escape through your breath and perspiration.

Help! How do I get rid of garlic smell on my skin?

When you peel or chop garlic you might get some sticky juice on your hands. Just wash your hands and then rub your clean hands on a stainless steel tap. It works! When the smelly sulfur molecules in garlic come in contact with the stainless steel through rubbing, they bind together and come off of your hands.

Sucking or squeezing a wedge of lemon will also help cover the garlic smell on your hands and on your breath.

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